U.S. secretary of state Mike Pompeo is in Turkey for talks following a meeting with the Saudi king and the crown prince on Tuesday.
Turkish officials have said they believe he was killed - a claim Saudi Arabia has denied - with the controversy dealing a huge blow to the kingdom's image and efforts by its crown prince to showcase a reform drive.
Freeland said she's been in contact with her G7 and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation counterparts, including U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, as well as the German, British and Turkish foreign ministers. The statement would pin blame on intelligence officials rather than Saudi leaders, alleging that an interrogation attempt had gone wrong and Khashoggi, who is a US resident and an opinion writer at the Washington Post, was killed without authorization.
President Trump said Monday that the Saudi king strongly denied his government's involvement in the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, saying the king suggested it could have been "rogue killers".
When asked what gives Saudi Arabia the benefit of the doubt amid the various reports about Turkey's allegations of Saudi responsibility in Khashoggi's disappearance, Pompeo said he is waiting for Saudi leaders to follow through on their promise for a complete investigation.
Despite increasing pressure from Congress, Trump said he's reluctant to cancel multibillion-dollar arms sales to the kingdom out of concern the USA ally will turn to Russian Federation or China instead.
Although the King Salman recently called and thanked President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for accepting the formation of joint Turkish-Saudi group to investigate the incident, Saudi Arabia should help Turkish police and prosecutors in their investigation of the Saudi Consulate as well as the residence of the Saudi consul general in Istanbul. He offered his assessment after talks with the Saudi leadership and said the crown prince again denied any knowledge of what happened to Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
"Turkish officials have said they possess evidence that the 15 Saudi agents flew into Istanbul on October 2, assassinated Mr. Khashoggi, dismembered his body with a bone saw they had brought for the goal, and flew out the same day", reported the Times, without giving the names of the officials reportedly cited.
Saudi Arabia has responded to Western statements by saying it would retaliate against any pressure or economic sanctions "with greater action", and Arab allies rallied to support it, setting up a potential showdown between the world's top oil exporter and its main Western allies.
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The G7 foreign ministers said in a statement on Wednesday that they remained "very troubled" by Khashoggi's disappearance.
Meanwhile on Monday, a team of Turkish and Saudi investigators entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, the Associated Press reported.
While Pompeo said the Saudis would conduct a "thorough" investigation and hold any guilty parties completely accountable, he flat out shut down any conversation of the facts of the case.
Concern over Khashoggi's disappearance has seen media organizations and a growing number of guests pull out of a "Davos in the Desert" investment conference set for October 23-25, which has become the biggest show for investors to promote Prince Mohammed's reform vision. A voice on the recording can be heard inviting him to leave, the report said.
"I think we have to find out what happened first", he said.
If Saudi Arabia does not become more transparent, various consequences will be very heavy for the future of the country.
Republican Representative Jeb Hensarling, the outgoing chairperson of the House of Representatives Financial Services Committee, said Washington might have to seriously review relations with Saudi Arabia if Riyadh was involved in killing Khashoggi.
"This guy has got to go", said Sen Lindsey Graham of SC, turning to speak to the camera.
US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said he still plans to attend but would "take (it) into account" if more information came out.